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Sunday, November 06, 2011

Fraelemaborg in Groningen, Holland

For Mellow Yellow Monday  For Ruby Tuesday  For Midweek Blues  For Watery Wednesday
"Bridge" for Alphabe  For Sky Watch    For Weekend Reflection
For Scenic Sunday

My brother was the tour guide to this unknown treasure, called Fraelemaborg. It has much of a castle with a moat around it, but no.

An entrance arch to the estate

A " borg" is an estate to protect the harvest from robbers. This started in the middle ages, and is one of the two in the Netherlands.. Fraelemaborg is close to Groningen, the capital in the NE province of Holland (in Slochteren).

 Driveway to the bridge

Fraelemaborg was already was built before 1300 A.D. as a brick house with thick walls. By 1670 the   Borgheer De Sandra Veldman expanded the house with two side wings, so that the house had now a U-form.

A map of the grounds and the coat of arms

 Hubby took a pic at the front left window, so you see part of the inside -
am stealing it for Sky Watch and Weekend Reflection:)

A moat was also built around it. In the 19th century, the forest behind it was landscaped and marked by romantic English features

. In 1972 a Groninger foundation  took over the borg from the family Thomassen to make it a museum. On the left in front the former farm now serves as a coffee house and on the right (not pictured) a coach house with a gallery.

Hope you enjoyed this short tour!



rainfield61 said...

Thank you for this short tour.

Yannie said...

Looks like a nice place to go.

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Robin said...

What a lovely looking place. My husband has been to Groningen on business but he didn't have the chance to do much sightseeing there.

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Simply Delicious said...

Beautiful shots!

Cafe au lait said...

Wonderful photographs!

John said...


Please drop by to see my Ruby Tuesday entry when you get a chance.

Whitemist said...

i love the castle and the "Borg"!

2sweetnsaxy said...

I did enjoy the tour. Cool place. Thank you! :-)

Ida said...

What a beautiful place. I've not heard of this so it was nice seeing your photo's and learning something new.

Jo's This and That said...

Great post! Beautiful shots! Thanks JoAnn

Rebecca said...

I DID enjoy that tour. What a beautiful place.

jeannette said...

I know it's very different from where you live -glad you enjoyed it:)

Thanks for your visit here~ Great for a Saturday afternoon!
Meanwhile I visited your blog:)

Thanks for visiting! It's close to Groningen in a little village called Slochteren (probably need a car to go there:) )

Simply delicious,
Thank you! And also for visiting here!

Cafe au Lait,
Thank you - like your blog, it's heart warming (I'm sure, coffee has to do with it too:):) )

jeannette said...

Visited your blog and saw you are chubskulit:)

Thanks -it was an educational trip since I had not idea what a "borg" was:)

What I notice was that with all these historic places they don't clean the moat that often!

Thank you for your visit here! It was educational for me as well:)

Thank you and also for your visit here:)

Love those historic places, and should take more time to visit and learn:)

Ebie said...

Hi Ms. J, this is the kind of places I would like to explore. Your photos opened my eyes to something new.

Lovely colors on those trees!

Hope you had a great vacation!

Vicki/Jake said...

First visit here and what a beautiful one! Love all the history surounding it. My grandmother was born in Holland but I never knew her...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a neat place; it must be fun to be a tour guide at it. And you made a good one too in this post (must run in your family!)

jfb57 said...

It looks like the sort of place I would enjoy visiting. Thank you for showing it to me!

Leovi said...

Wow! Nice pictures, I like the atmosphere with that delicious autumn light.

Sue said...

Beautiful! Love that leafy estate entrance.


JDaniel4's Mom said...

I really enjoyed my tour!

LauraX said...

thank you for the lovely tour...what a beautiful day too!

Judie said...

You're a wonderful tour guide. Great photos, as well!!

NatureFootstep said...

looks like an interesting place. :)

J Bar said...

Beautiful shots.
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Anonymous said...

Great pics of this lovely looking place!

Wenche said...

Great shots, and thankyou for the tour :0)

Kim, USA said...

Love the reflection!

Weekend Reflection

jeannette said...

I know you would go "crazy" taking pics there:) That's exactly what I did too!

Hope you'll come there sometime -you will understand so much more of your own background:)

Being a tour guide is easy when you like it yourself:)

jfb...and ALL FOLLOWING FRIENDS- somehow my replies disappeared! so, I'll wait tilllater..
hopefully Blogger shapes up!

jeannette said...

JDaniel4's Mom,
Glad you liked it - it's even better in reality:)

Yes, it was almost balmy weather!

It's not hard, if one sees such interesting places:):)

Really glad my brother brought us there!

J Bar,
Thanks so much, Friend!

Thanks, the building style is pretty typical for Holland!

It was a pleasure, Wenche! Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend!

Thanks so much Kim! have a great weekend:)

anitamombanita said...

Thanks for taking me along. Looks like a beautiful spot.

I missed the posting deadline for Alphabe-Thursday this week...feel free to stop by, tho... :)

susanna said...

How interesting! I wonder, did the borg house soldiers hired to protect the harvest? Imagine the people who once lived and worked here over the decades, the centuries... Thank you for the tour.

jeannette said...

Thank you and also for the visit - don't feel bad, I'm late all the time, lol!

Good question:) Really don't sense is that the farmers banded together to protect their harvest.

Pat Tillett said...

What a beautiful place and great photos!

jeannette said...

Thank you, it was a pleasure sharing this beautiful place!

Jenny said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

What fabulous architecture!

There are so many lovely places in the world. I really enjoy being able to find out more about them through great blogs like yours!